John Calipari is a great coach, but sometimes he takes us all for fools. We know that his “specialty” it getting his kids to the NBA, but I can’t stand when he uses that as an excuse for not winning.
I hate to drive you traditionalists crazy, but I’ll say it again: our goal at the beginning of the season was to have eight players drafted.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 21, 2015
I’ll be honest with you, at the time I may have said nine. My point when I said that was to have them all eat. — John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 21, 2015
When they asked how we do it, I told them to do this you will have to be a selfless team, share & do historic things on the court. They did.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 21, 2015
If Alex doesn’t get hurt, 8 are drafted. We fell short of a national title but this season was not disappointing to me. Have a great day! — John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 21, 2015
Ok? Thanks for tweeting this out on a Thursday afternoon in May … I guess? Was there something that we needed cleared up? I still don’t buy any of this, but it’s a perfect example of what I don’t like about Coach Cal.
This is just a freaking excuse for not winning the National Championship with a team LOADED with NBA prospects! If you’re a Kentucky fan, do you read this and say to yourself, “Well, that makes me feel better about losing to Wisconsin. Our goal wasn’t to win it all, we just wanted to get eight players drafted.” It’s not like you can win AND get players into the NBA, right?
And guess what? The Wildcats have seven players in the draft so they’re going to fall short of their “goal” anyway (Alex refers to Alex Poythress who tore his ACL last season). And if you look at a website like nbadraft.net, they only have five Kentucky players being drafted. Frankly, I disagree. I do think the Harrison twins will be drafted, and Big Blue Nation will have seven players taken, but don’t overlook what Cal wasn’t able to do with the Harrisons.
Those were two top-5 prospects when they arrived in Lexington, and now there’s a chance that they might not be drafted? And that’s after TWO season’s under the great Calipari’s leadership. Getting Derrick Rose or Anthony Davis into the NBA after one season isn’t that tough … winning a title is (although it should be less difficult when you have the roster Calipari had) and that’s where Kentucky failed. Just admit it, you had seven NBA caliber prospects and couldn’t win it all with them …
I’m getting bored of the excuses. Entertain us and take the Pelicans head coaching job, Cal. Have a great day!
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